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A resident watches as the Creek fire burns along a hillside near homes in Shadow Hills.
A resident watches as the Creek fire burns along a hillside near homes in Shadow Hills. (AFP/Getty Images)

All Los Angeles Unified schools in the San Fernando Valley as well as 17 schools on the city’s Westside will be closed for the rest of the week, district officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The decision closes at least 265 schools in neighborhoods affected by the wildfires raging in and near Los Angeles. The district’s number doesn’t include all adult schools and charter schools, some of which are also expected to close.

The district’s website has a list, as well as a reminder that everyone else is still expected to come to school this Thursday and Friday.

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Dozens of schools in evacuation zones in the northeast San Fernando Valley will be closed Wednesday as firefighters work to get a handle on the wildfire in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest that has scorched at least 11,000 acres. 

(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Dozens of schools in evacuation zones in the northeast San Fernando Valley will be closed Wednesday as firefighters work to get a handle on the wildfire in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest that has scorched at least 11,000 acres. 

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Masood Jan is stressing out over his five finals next week at UC Berkeley, the hyper-competitive, top-rated public research university.

But some of his anxiety melted away Monday, thanks to close-up time with some unusual therapy animals: llamas.

The freshman from San Ramon, who hopes to major in molecular and cell biology, is spending six hours a day studying for finals in chemistry, math, physiology, psychology and English. He said his 40 minutes with the llamas, petting their soft fur and feeding them carrots and alfalfa pellets, definitely relaxed him. 

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USC graduate students, from left, Mariel Bello, Nina Christie and Alyssa Morris pose for a selfie to post. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds of graduate students at USC, UCLA and Caltech joined national protests Wednesday against the House Republican tax bill passed this month, saying it contains changes that would significantly increase their taxes and make it difficult for many to continue their research.

At USC, more than 100 students and professors gathered at the Tommy Trojan statue to urge peers to call their lawmakers and fight the changes. Many held colorful signs describing how their research benefits society: “Graduate students study food safety,” “Graduate students design highways.” 

USC student Hannah Khoddam and a handful of classmates began organizing the walkout this month, then joined forces with students from a group of six East Coast colleges to sponsor a national “day of action” that drew thousands of participants at nearly 60 campuses in 33 states.